Officials order boat and ferry service to stop amidst Cyclone Mocha threat
Dhaka, May 13: All types of inland waterways have been suspended due to looming threat from Cyclone Mocha. This decision to stop movement of ships will remain in force until further orders.
On Saturday (May 13), Senior Information Officer of the Ministry of Shipping Md. Jahangir Alam Khan gave this information citing BIWTA. He said that due to the cyclone Mocha, it has been decided to stop all types of navigation on inland waterways across the country. This decision will remain in force until further orders.
A very strong cyclone 'Mocha' formed in the Bay of Bengal is approaching the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh. The sea near the center of this cyclone is very rough. In such a situation, Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Payra seaports have been asked to lower the local warning signal number 4 and display the emergency signal number 8. However, Bagerhat's Mongla seaport has been asked to display local warning signal number 4.
The 12th special weather bulletin regarding the very strong cyclone 'Mocha' on Friday also said that due to the impact of the frontal part of the cyclone and the high pressure difference, the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar and Chittagong and the low-lying areas of their remote islands and charas will be flooded with high tides of 8 to 12 feet higher than the normal tide. All fishing boats and trawlers stationed in North Bay of Bengal have been asked to stay in safe harbor till further instructions.
The impact of the tip of the very strong cyclone Mokha may begin in Cox's Bazar and adjoining coastal areas from Saturday evening. The maximum sustained wind speed is 140 km/h within 74 km of the very strong cyclone center, which increases to 160 km/h in gust or gale form.